Narrow victory sees Scarva edge away from the relegation zone

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Scarva Rangers edged themselves further away from the relegation zone in Mid Ulster Division Two with a narrow but deserved 3-2 win over Knockmenagh Swifts.

The locals currently sit in eighth place in the 12 team division with 15 points but have played more games than the rest of the teams.

This, however, could well turn out to be a significant result as Rangers bid to avoid the drop.

Rangers won a free kick for a foul on Stephen Gass and the Knockmenagh keeper pushed the ball out of play.

From the resulting corner Sam Boyd put his side ahead with a close range finish at the back post.

Rangers doubled their lead when Freddie McKelvey met a pinpoint Greg Douglas free kick with a deft glancing header and the ball flew into the far corner of the net.

Knockmenagh Swifts reduced the deficit to 2-1 and before the half time whistle Stuart Wilson saved well to prevent an equaliser.

The home side restored the two goal cushion in the second half when Sam Boyd controlled a Philip Magill cross and skilfully curled the ball into the corner of the net.

The next goal of the game was scored by Knockmenagh, a penalty to make it 3-2 and ensure an anxious closing period for Rangers and their supporters.

Best for Scarva Rangers – Gregory Douglas and Sam Boyd.